SynTec to Install 3-Point Belt Seating in Dallas School Buses

Posted on June 28, 2016

HIGH POINT, N.C. — SynTec Seating Solutions will install its S3C lap-shoulder seat on more than 200 Thomas Built buses serving Texas schools.

Thomas Bus Gulf Coast, located in Houston, was recently awarded an order from Dallas County Schools (DCS) for 245 Saf-T-Liner C2 buses equipped with SynTec’s lap-shoulder seats.

With the completion and delivery of this order, DCS will operate more than 450 school buses equipped with the lap-shoulder seats, totaling more than 10,000 of the seats. DCS buses account for the largest fleet of school buses operating with S3C seats in the country, according to SynTec.

“We are especially pleased with the ease of cover replacement provided by the zippered back. We have also chosen the gray/black seat backs which greatly reduce seat back vandalism,” said Aaron Hobbs, executive director of transportation for DCS. “The serviceability that SynTec’s S3C seat provides was a key factor in our decision to award this latest bus purchase to Thomas Bus Gulf Coast.”

The DCS transportation department oversees transportation functions for 12 school districts in North Texas and transports more than 75,000 students to and from school daily. This is the third order placed by Dallas County for Saf-T-Liner C2 buses with SynTec S3C seats in the last three years.

Related Topics: seat belts, seating, Texas, Thomas Built Buses

Comments ( 1 )
  • Victoria DeCarlo

     | about 3 years ago

    We hear so much on these 3 point seat belts. Will they be used? If so, how will this be enforced? Can it be enforced? If wearing them will be a choice by the student most likely they will be opt out. (My bus had belts available for years they were not used) So when we hear about the next possible bus accident will we read... "Many injuries... 3 point seat belts were available... but were not used"? Here's another... Lets not forget about the roll over accident in Indiana with the Griffith Public Schools Basketball team... if these boys were in a 3 point seat belt with the average basketball players height.... that buses roof was crushed. We are talking about possible broken necks, deaths and so on here. There have been other similar crashes such as this one. Also lets not forget about the water submersion bus accidents such as the one in Hillsborough County, Florida. I watched news video from one of the children inside that bus who quoted "thank goodness we weren't wearing seat belts, we would have drowned". Imagine being on the side of the bus that was submerged being in a seat belt, your underwater, the kids sitting next to you and their body weight pinning you to the side of the bus (providing window seat) prohibiting you from removing your seat belt? I really hope all this and much more will be taken into consideration here. There are so many more improvements our buses are in need of besides the 3-point seat belts. It surprises me I guess that this one would be the first to get the most attention and acted on.

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